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hello, you're watching "gmt" on "bbc world news." i'm lucy hockings. our top stories. hands up, don't shoot, and i'm choking. the chants in demonstrations in new york, as another grand jury clears a white police officer of killing an unarmed black man. this video shows eric garner being choked to death and telling officers he can't breathe. the toerattorney general says t will now be a civil rights investigation. we're counting down to the liftoff of orion, the spacecraft that could one day carry us to mars, and we'll bring that to
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you live as it happens from cape canaveral. a defiant state of the union address from president putin. he accuses the west of trying to bring down russia. >> translator: even if the events in ukraine didn't happen, they would have come up with a different motive to restrain the growing tension in russia. also on the program, aaron is here. president putin pretty defieant about the economy. >> absolutely. it is an economy speeding towards recession. the ruble has fallen off a cliff, and those lower oil prices means russia is losing billions of dollars every single day. but the president says those western sanctions, they're a stimulus for the economy, and in fact, will make russia much more self-sufficient. it's midday here in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, and also in new york, where there have been overnight protests after another police officer has
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been spared prosecution for killing an unarmed black man. thousands of people disrupted new york city traffic following a grand jury decision not to indict officer daniel pantaleo for killing eric garner after placing him in a choke hold. this is a a restraint that is banned by the nypd and the u.s. justice department now plans to launch a civil rights investigation into what happened. the bbc's ben bland has more. >> reporter: the video that sparked outrage over the death of eric garner in july, held in a head like bay white police officer for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally, the unarmed black man is later heard gasping for breath. the 43-year-old died in hospital, but a grand jury has now decided the police officer will not face criminal charges. >> how could we put our trust in the justice system when they fail us like this? he should be here celebrating christmas and thanksgiving and
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everything else with his children and his grandchildren. and he can't. why? because a cop did wrong. somebody that gets paid to do right did wrong and he's not held accountable for it. >> reporter: that feeling shared by hundreds who gathered to protest in times square in new york. the u.s. justice department has now launched a federal investigation into whether any civil rights were violated. all this comes just a week after riots broke out in ferguson, missouri. sparked there by a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer who shot dead the unarmed black teenager michael brown. american politicians and leaders now face a challenge, to repair the deep mistrust and apparent racial tensions between some communities and the police. ben bland, bbc news. >> people in the united states have turned to twitter to vent
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their anger over the grand jury decision. white americans have been listing crimes that they have committed and got away with after being caught by police. the #crimingwhilewhite is trending around the country. i stole a car with my friends and drove it for two weeks before we got busted. the only one charged was black. stephanie mullen said, i was pulled over for driving under the influence and should have gone to jail. instead, he drove me home to make sure i got there safely. watson tweeted, i shoplifted when i was 14. they let me go because my parents came down and we looked like a nice family. eric garner's friends and neighbors have gathered in protest on the staten island sidewalk where he died. let's hear from a few of them now. >> what do we want? >> justice! >> when do we want it? >> now! >> i respect the grand jury to
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also look at the evidence from the officer, and hold him accountable for his wrong doing. in the past. and they didn't because he's an officer. >> i've known her since i was 16. i cried when i heard the news because i almost feel helpless. i feel like we could protest, we could boycott, but they just don't seem to care. and i don't know how to get them to change, to open up their hearts, to have empathy, to see that this is injustice. >> the man is in a choke hold and cannot breathe. it's against their rules to put a choke hold on somebody. and for the grand jury to not indict him, it's really upsetting. it's important, protesting peacefully.
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in ferguson, they let them burn places down. that's not the right way to go. we have to hit them where it hurts. we have to bring our politicians to the mix. >> we have decided that we are going to be persistent. we're going to be loud. we're not going to let our voices be stilled or silenced. >> that was a view there from some people in staten island. we've got so much more for you on our website, including details on that choke hold restraint and exactly why it's been banned by the nypd. that's at bbc.com/news. now, there's a huge amount of anticipation at the moment in cape canaveral. nasa saying that this is a major event about to take place. we are talking about the launch of orion. but i have some news here just coming into us at the bbc that there has been a delay in the launch. we were expecting it to happen about a minute ago. but our correspondent jonathan amos is there watching and he said there has been a delay in the launch time. we don't know any more.
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although we did get news a short time ago that a boat had drifted into a zone that it wasn't meant to be in, so they've got to move that boat. actually, news just coming in now from nasa, we're expecting this launch to take place in ten minutes time. we will bring that to you live here on "bbc world news." but hugely significant because orion is the spacecraft that could one day see us traveling to mars, and it's taking off on its maiden test voyage. we can see it live now. news just coming to us that will happen in ten minutes time and we will bring that to you live. let's bring you up to date with other news. survivors of typhoon haiyan, which devastated the philippines a year ago, are preparing for a powerful new storm. the typhoon is building strength in the pacific ocean. it's expected to make landfall on saturday. wind gusts could reach up to 170 kilometers an hour. experts say it seems that regular storms in the region have shifted course over the past few years.
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federal police and soldiers in mexico are to take over public safety from local police in the coastal tourist result of acapulco. they are in a region known for high levels of crime and violence. the move follows a wave of anti-corruption protests following the disappearance of 43 students in guerrero state, which has been blamed on local police. scientists here in london have begun the most detailed analysis ever carried out of this, the skeleton of a stegosaurus, which they have nicknamed sophie. they hope the near complete fossilized remains will help them discover how much the dinosaur weighed, how it moved and what it used its distinct back plates for. bill cosby has been urged to waive his rights under the statute of limitations so the courts can hear new allegations
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of sexual assault. three women have gone public with claims that he groped and assaulted them. but the alleged incidents happened more than 30 years ago, too long ago for the cases to come to trial. russia's president vladimir putin has attacked the west for what he says is a hip trypocrii and cynical attitude over the conflict in ukraine. he said that sanctions against russia would still have to be imposed. even if events in ukraine had not happened. he's accused western states of trying to subdue russia's growing power. >> translator: even if the events in ukraine didn't happen, they would have come up with a different motive to restrain the growing potential of russia. and this policy of restraint was not made up yesterday. it's been pursued in our country for many, many decades. if not centuries. and every time someone thinks russia has become too sovereign, or too independent, these
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instruments are switched on immediately. >> president putin there. well, there is still some debate over just how much influence mr. putin has wielded in the ukraine crisis. one thing is for sure, though. his popularity levels in russia have gone through the roof. throughout 2013, his approval rating hovered between 61% to 65%, but then, just as the ukraine crisis took root, look at what happened. between january and march 2014, his popularity level rose from 65% to 80%. march 16th was when crimea voted to join russia. putin declared russia to be a part of his country soon afterwards. and from there, it grew even further to a high of 88% in october with a slight drop to 85% in november. for more on this, let's take do you moscow. we can speak to a political analyst who is there for us. it seems incredible that the country we know is heading towards recession.
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anywhere else in the world, this would be a disaster for a leader. how is vladimir putin managing to keep such high popularity ratings? >> i think what putin and the kremlin in general have been able to achieve is a consensus of emergency. people do realize that their economic situations have deteriorated. they expect further deteriorations. this is what the surveys show. but at the same time, while they know that this should be attributed to russia's policy in ukraine, their approval rating -- their approval of putin is growing, and their approval of the annexation of crimea is as high as it was at the beginning, which is also over 80%. >> the argument that we heard from president putin today over and over seemed to be that nothing was his fault, everything is the fall of the west. is that a line that most russians buy into? >> absolutely, and indeed, this is his line. he sounds confident. he sounds like he's always
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right. and he even sounds superior, vis-a-vis europe. he said that in europe, european countries may have forgotten what national pride is. and to them, national sovereignty is an unaffordable luxury. but in russia this is a necessity, and we will prove to the world that we are sovereign and we will stand up to it. >> and mentioned the yugoslav scenario as well. is that something that is quite powerful in russia? do people there fear the potential breakup of russia? >> indeed, putin spoke about some in the west would have been rejoicing if yugoslav scenario would have unfolded in russia. this western threat is something that is readily accepted in russia, that we are a fortress under siege. we are threatened by the west. this sentiment had been there before. the kremlin propaganda has reinforced it and responded to the increased demand, and now this stance is actually
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overwhelming. however, i should point out that this is like a self-fulfilling prophesy, because the west indeed is talking about how can we punish russia, how can we force russia to change its policy. >> there was some stirring language right at the end when he said russia was ready to meet any challenge of the times. is he preparing raugse ining ru something that is perhaps a little worse to come, particularly in terms of the economy? >> he may be, but he is doing this, at least at this point in time, by reassuring, by sending a message, and this is what the social economic part of his address was about, that we have huge potential. and we can't rely on ourselves. it's just a matter of trying harder. he did not go into detail. he did not cite any of the bad numbers about the russian economy, such as the inflation rate and the ruble on decline and the oil price on decline. he did not talk about that. but he sent a signal that we can
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get better without actually emphasizing the fact that the situation is not great now. >> thank you very much for joining us from moscow. do stay with us on "bbc world news." still to come, we're getting closer to liftoff. this is the scene live at cape canaveral as nasa prepares to revive its glory days and launch a mission to mars. ha, i see what you did... (singing) four calling birds...three french hens ...(the guys starts to fizzle out) two... turtle...doves... i really went for it there ya you did ... you really, really did now get 3 gigs of data on one line for $65 a month. switch to at&t, buy a new smartphone and get $150 credit per line. alookin' good! close it up! got it.
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welcome back to "gmt," where we've got lots of pairs of eyes on cape canaveral right now. this is the live shot we have coming in from florida. because we are waiting for the launch of orion, the spacecraft that could one day see us travel to mars. imagine that as a holiday destination. now, this was metropolitan to happen about ten minutes ago. we keep getting news of delays. firstly there was a boat offshore that wasn't in the right place at the right time.
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now we are hearing that there are problems with the ground wind at cape canaveral. of course, conditions have to be absolutely perfect for orion to take off. but we're keeping a close eye on it, and as soon as we get news of liftoff, we will take you back to cape canaveral live. let's talk more now about the defiant state of the nation address from president vladimir putin. it happened just a few hours ago in moscow. with me now is our diplomatic correspondent bridget kendall. it is extraordinary that russia is headed for recession. president putin's popularity remains so high. what did he announce today in terms of tangible efforts to try and revive the economy? >> well, he didn't hide the fact that they're in trouble. and they are heading for recession. i mean, the russian economy wasn't doing so well before the whole ukraine crisis, so it's certainly been intensified by sanctions. he made that point. he came up with some quite specific things. he's talking about immunity for
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anyone he's prepared to repatriate their money. capital flight expected to top 100 billion. an absolutely staggering amount. he's saying they're bringing money home. i don't know how many people will take him up on that. the small business section in russia is very small and this is an attempt to jump start it. so that would be very welcome to them. he said the central bank and the government are going to try and crack down on speculators who are trying to make money out of the rubles. not at all clear how they can do that and what that means. and he talked about huge new infrastructure projects that he thinks the government should invest in, the country should invest in. talked about doubling the number of roads in russia. certainly needs the roads. the big question is where is all this money going to come from? so grand projects. some specifics to try and solve the immediate economic problems. i think the big question about this speech was on the one hand, you have this aggression towards
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the west. but we're still open for business. we still want partnerships. on the other hand, he's saying russia needs to go it alone. going to solve its problems. diversify its economy. shouldn't rely on dangerous foreigners. but at the same time, he says we're not going to be isolationist. so what does he mean? it's a bit hard to tell exactly which way he's going to go. >> what are you hearing from chechnya? we have heard news today of what president putin is calling a terrorist attack. very dramatic pictures. security forces and rebels involved in heavy exchanges of gunfire overnight. and the latest we have here is that possibly ten police officers have been killed. was this an attempt to embarrass president putin before his state of the union? >> it's possible with the timing. trouble rumbles on in chechnya in the north caucuses. it doesn't get into global news that often. this is a much bigger attack and that's why we're noticing it. the president of chechnya says everything is under control.
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we wait and see. i think what will be interesting to see is whether this is just a one off, a particular attack by insurgents which was particularly successful, or whether it's the start of a pattern. there's no evidence of it, but i think many people will be wondering if this is a return of insurgency to chechnya. could it be as a result of air strikes on the so-called islamic state, where we think that there were some of the jihadist groups chechens involved. have they gone home, these insurgents who were fighting jihad in syria and possibly iraq, and now they've gone back to the north caucasus. that would be something which should worry president putin. certainly a thought at the moment. but if there's a pattern of these attacks, i think it's something they could look at more closely. >> thanks for joining us. let's return you now straight to cape canaveral. we are still waiting for the launch of orion, and watching it very closely for us is jonathan
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a mo amos. why haven't we seen a launch yet? no, he's not there. i think the latest we're hearing is there are problems there with ground wind. this was meant to happen about 15 minutes ago, but nasa always say they need perfect conditions for any kind of launch. and they won't be taking any chances with this one because the head of nasa has come out and said that this is a major event, this launch. it could one day see humans travel to mars. it was planned that it would orbit earth twice before smashing down in the pacific ocean after a four-hour flight. that splash-down, of course, very significant. they'll be looking to see how the parachutes work there. so lots of focus on this scene at cape canaveral. we'll attempt to return to jonathan amos shortly. because he really is in the know. we'll take you back there shortly. the ashes of a british
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veteran will be buried in israel after a state funeral attended by prime minister benjamin netanyahu. john henry patterson was every inch the british hero. he became a hero of the israeli cause, too. and his reburial will be the final act of an extraordinary life, as kevin connolly now reports. >> reporter: in death, john henry patterson has been saluted as a hero of israel, the country he campaigned to create but never lived to see. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu was on hand to thank the last living relative of the colonel who died in california in 1947, the year before israel was born. in life, john henry patterson was every inch the british imperial hero, a soldier who won metals in battle and an engineer who built bridges in the jungle. >> where do you think you're
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going? >> i'm going to sort it out. >> reporter: his exploits made him famous. in southern kenya, he hunted and killed two man-eating lions who terrorized his workers. the story has inspired three hollywood movies based on patterson's own memoirs. in the first world war, he served with jewish volunteers, carrying ammunition to the slaughter. that made him the first commander to lead a jewish regiment in battle in thousands of years. and it made zionism his life's cause. these photographs from the netanyahu family archive show him with the parents of israel's current prime minister in new york, where they campaigned for the jewish state. patterson became godfather to their first son, a commando and
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national hero who died leading the hostage rescue operation in uganda. >> john henry patterson was the godfather of my brother, who 30 years later would command one of the great military rescue missions of all time. 103 jewish hostages were rescued from the clutches of german and palestinian terrorists. i think there is a fateful set of events here, that this man, who 60 years earlier founded the first jewish fighting force, is the godfather of one of the great commanders that rose in the jewish army, that he helped bring about. >> reporter: john henry patterson is perhaps largely forgotten in the country whose cause he served. now he is remembered in the
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country whose cause he made his own. kevin connolly, bbc news, israel. let's take you back to cape canaveral. we're still watching orion very, very closely now. nasa's unmanned space capsule that we're expecting to blast off, but we're hearing there's a red alert there. jonathan amos is watching events. what's happening, jonathan? >> reporter: it's been a very frustrating morning so far. they got very close to launching, just three minutes and 43 seconds away, and then they had a problem with the weather. gusting winds metropolitan they couldn't lift off at that particular time, so they're just waiting and watching now to see if those winds will settle and orion can get off. >> so it could happen then sometime in the next few hours, do you think? >> reporter: they've got a couple of hours in which to play with. one of the keys is that this capsule will come down into the pacific ocean off the coast of mexico, and they need to be sure that the lighting conditions there are fine for divers to go
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into the water and recover the vehicle. if it gets too dark, that becomes dangerous. so that's one of the key con stra -- constrai constraints. >> we'll return to you when and if it happens. thanks so much. do stay with us here on "gmt." foreign markets. asian debt that recognizes the shift in the global economy. you know, the kind that capitalizes on diversity across the credit spectrum and gets exposure to frontier and emerging markets. if you convert 4-quarter p/e of the s&p 500, its yield is doing a lot better... if you've had to become your own investment expert, maybe it's time for bny mellon, a different kind of wealth manager ...and black swans are unpredictable. ♪ ♪
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i'm lucy hockings. in this half-hour, how can afghanistan's leaders rebuild trust with the international community? it's a huge challenge for the country's new president, but that's what he's doing today in london, as he convinces 50 donor nations that he has real plans for reform. we're counting down to the liftoff of orion, the spacecraft that could one day carry us to mars. it's been delayed, but we will bring that to you live when it happens.
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we've been expecting you, mr. bond. we'll have details of the new james bond movie "spectre" and hear from 007 himself. first, though, our very own 007, aaron is here with news of a different kind of comeback. >> yeah, look at this. you remember this icon from the '70s. the good old poloroid. four years ago, it re-emerged with new management and lady gaga as its creative director. we ask its big boss how will polaroid compete in a very crowded market? up next for afghanistan, with less than a month to go before most foreign combat troops withdraw, the country's new president wants assurances that military withdrawals will not be quickly followed by cuts and financial aid. with that in mind, ashraf ghani is here in london for a
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conference on afghanistan's future. here's mike aldridge. >> reporter: in a city on edge after a spate of almost daily attacks, a lunchtime scene that could be anywhere in the world. this restaurant in an up market district of kabul has just recently opened for business. those behind it see afghans as hungry for change, and this as an investment that's worth the risk. >> we just want to give some good food and some good place where families can enjoy and they can come along with their friends and families and can have a good time here. so we took the challenge, and we believe that we can come out with it. in this situation. >> reporter: this is one face of afghanistan as the international combat mission draws to a close, and continuing support for the country is discussed at the talks in london. but if this represents confidence in the future, the economic and security challenges in particular remain grave.
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that afghanistan now has a government of national unity was an important step, but only the first. and this is another face of kabul and other cities, unemployment. his son has been jobless for almost 12 months after working in the media for 13 years. "i've tried many places, many office," he says," but because foreigners are leaving, that's affecting the economy and i haven't had any positive response. i know other people who have lost jobs." the recent taliban attacks largely targeting foreigners inevitably are concerned as the new afghan government engages with its international partners this week. but it's the government's longer-term plans for managing security, for reform, and also for reconciliation that are the wider agenda. mike aldridge, bbc news, kabul.
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let's take you to our correspondent gary o'donahue who joins us from lancaster london. that's where the conference is being held. and there's so much on the agenda, isn't there, gary? >> one day and an awful lot of things to discuss in that one day. 59 countries represented as well as a whole host of ngos and aid organizations from around the world, all trying to answer one question, what should be done to help afghanistan now that the troops are being withdrawn. to answer some of those questions, i'm joined by mr. nadir, from the british and irish afghan aid organization. what are you hoping to get out of today? >> a recommitment to afghanistan, to the people of afghanistan in terms of security, but also to the aid agencies of afghanistan in terms of further funding for the valuable work that they are ordering in afghanistan. >> and what about the position of the afghan government? because we have these elections, pretty successful elections, but
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they can't seem to form a government properly, a cabinet. how does that make the atmosphere for your members trying to deliver aid on the ground? >> the delay in the cabinet is unfortunate, indeed, but i think the atmosphere after the election results is overall positive. although we have had increased insecurity in kabul and elsewhere in afghanistan. that makes the life of the aid agencies pretty hard. we conducted a survey of the delegates, the aid agency dell gots who came to this conference. 73% of them said that they are facing increased financial problems because low funding, but also a majority of them said that insecurity is stopping them from their valuable work. >> reporter: and what about the message you'll want to hear later on from david cameron and from other leaders hering secretary of state kerry, what do you want to hear them say? >> i want them to say that they will continue to be in afghanistan. that the withdrawal of security forces does not mean that they
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will leave afghanistan security forces. they will leave the afghanistan public. and that afghanistan will be a better place for all afghan women and men. >> thank you very much. we'll be hearing from the afghan president later on today as well as david cameron and the secretary of state john kerry. i can tell you one piece of news that's come out of the conference. the canadians have pledged $10 million extra today. >> gary, thanks so much for the update from lancaster house. well, let's take you back to cape canaveral. as promised, we're keeping a close eye on orion, the unmanned space capsule that we're expecting to take off at any time. but we have had news from nasa that the whole launch of the spacecraft is on hold now. there is quite high winds there. the capsule is on standby energy, and as we were hearing from jonathan amos, our correspondent who was there at cape canaveral, there was only a two-hour window for this launch
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and we're into about 40 minutes into that two-hour window. but very significant, of course. an exciting day for everyone at nasa and those involved, because this is a spacecraft that could one di see us, see humans travel to mars, so everyone watching events there very closely. as soon as there are any developments, we will bring them to you.closely. as soon as there are any developments, we will bring them to you. let's join aaron now with all the business. it's so frustrating watching the capsule there. >> that rocket is going to launch during my business slot, i ain't going to be a happy boy. keep the winds going for six minutes or so. putin, the russian economy. let me explain. president vladimir putin of russia, you've been hearing this, has struck a defiant tone in his annual state of the nation speech. mr. putin says sanctions imposed by the west -- listen to this. he says those sanctions imposed by the west is a stimulus for the russian economy, and in fact will allow russia to become much more self-sufficient. he's also outlined a number of measures to bolster the economy,
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which have been weakened by those falling oil prices and those western sanctions imposed because of the conflict in ukraine. the russian currency, the ruble, its value -- boy, it has fallen off a cliff. he has plunged some 40% against the u.s. dollar. some 60% against the euro. but it also strengthened a little bit today after the president promised an amnesty on capital returning, basically money returning back into russia. also a freeze on taxes. let's go straight over to andrew walker. economics correspondent. good to have you on "gmt." i'm not too sure if he has much of a choice, but president putin kind of saying these russian sanctions could be a blessing in disguise for the economy. >> it's kind of hard work to argue that, i have to say. the one point i suppose you could make is this. one of russia's problems is that the economy is excessively dependent on producing and
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exporting industrial commodities, metals and most of all energy. what it really needs is more diversification, and i suppose in a pinch you could argue that forcing itself to be more self-sufficient would mean more diversification. but that really is working quite hard to find a silver lining to what really is a very substantial cloud. >> we heard about some of these measures he announced to bolster the economy. one thing i find quite interesting is this amnesty on money coming back into the country. explain that. >> well, one of the consequences of the sanctions and indeed the fall of the oil prices being that huge loss in value that you mentioned in the value of the ruble. it's a problem because russia already has a significant inflation problem and a declining currency is likely to aggravate that. one of the reasons -- one of the mechanisms by which this decline has happened is money being pulled out of russia by
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investors who are worried that their money might ultimately get frozen as a result of the sanctions. and so he'd like to see some money coming back. now, there is money that went out of russia years ago in some cases. and one suspects that in some cases it was a desire to avoid tax, or a desire to avoid the attentions of the thors because it might have been acquired illegally. i think what president putin is suggesting is that if money of that kind comes back to russia, the authorities won't be asking too many difficult questions because it would actually be quite useful for supporting the ruble if some more of that money did find its way home. >> very briefly, there are some elements that are out of putin, out of russia's control, like the fall in oil, right? >> absolutely. the fall in oil prices is a big one. and more wider weaknesses in some parts of the global economy that are affecting demand for oil. but one thing i suppose he could
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do is rethink his relationship with the west and exactly what is going on in ukraine. that could see sanctions abolished, removed if he did what the west is asking him to do. >> doesn't look like that's going to happen, though, at the moment. andrew, mate, good stuff. we'll talk the you soon. andrew walker joining us there. let me touch on the latest in this. we've been talking about it yesterday and over a period of time, the airbag saga. toyota has expanded its recall of cars fitted with these potentially dangerous takata airbags. it's expanded that recall to china and japan. those takata bosses, they were in washington being grilled by u.s. lawmakers. it's also emerged that mexican authorities have launched their own probe. now, it is thought that the faulty airbags may have been made in takata's mexico factory. we certainly know at least five deaths have been linked to these airbags made by the japanese firm over the past six years. our tokyo correspondent rupert
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winfield-hayes has been following the story. listen to this. >> some people are saying this is a classic case of a company not listening, having a tin ear, and not doing the things that it needs to do to regain confidence and actually making the situation swoworse. so takata's management saying we are not going to extend the recall to all the airbags that potentially have a problem. they're going to keep it just to hot and humid areas of the united states. they're under tremendous pressure from the u.s. authorities to expand their recall. takata is saying it doesn't want to do this because it wants to concentrate on the areas which are most problematic. there is evidence that the airbags are more problematic in hot and humid regions, and so they say we want to replace these first. if you make us do a nationwide recall in the united states or extend it worldwide, it's beginning to divert attention away from the most dangerous, the most problematic areas and
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they say they'd have to recall another 8 million vehicles immediately as well. there would be supply problems. it would cause chaos. so let's keep our eye on the problem. that's their reasoning. the u.s. authorities do not seam to share the same reasoning and i suppose there will be further pressure on takata. what we've seen is toyota and other manufacturers extending their own recalls and toyota in particular today saying 190,000 vehicles both here in japan and china will now be recalled because of potentially problematic airbags. >> and we'll keep across that saga. but look at this. you remember these. it's the icon from the '70s. yep, good old polaroid is trying to make a bit of a comeback there. the creator of the instant photo filed for protection, bankruptcy protection from its creditors basically back in 2001. that's because the digital revolution really started taking off. it got left behind. it re-emerged under new
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management and joined the digital age and appointed lady gaga as the creative director in 2010. this year it launched a new digital action camcorder called the poll lloaroid cube, which a you to up load video. how will polaroid compete in a very crowded market? well, its boss spoke to us earlier and he explains. >> we feel like we have a very strong brand, in actuality, relative to other brands that may be out there. and it depends on the category that you have. but the way we compete in the market is about staying true to our brand's dna, and providing the consumer with a product that has great price with great performance. and by providing that exceptional value where they're really getting more for less, that positioning gives us a very strong position in the market to be able to compete and be successful wherever we are.
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>> good luck, polaroid. follow me on twitter. tweet me. i'll tweet you right back. you get me @bbcaaron. did you remember those as a kid? >> i did. i loved them. >> we weren't allowed to play with it because they were very expensi expensive. don't waste the picture! >> off you go. do stay with us on "bbc world news." still to come. >> look, i'm not going to say anything. you'll have to wait and see. >> the man who serves her majesty stays mum about what's in the latest bond movie, but we will tell you what it's called and have the very latest for you from the red carpet. but going back to school is hard. because you work. now capella university offers a revolutionary new way to get your degree. it's called flexpath, and it's the most direct path, leveraging what you've learned on the job and focusing on what you need to know. so you can get a degree at your pace and graduate at the speed of you. flexpath from capella university. learn about all of our programs at capella.edu.
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i'm lucy hockings. thanks for being with us. our top stories this hour. more racial tension in the united states after the decision
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not to charge a white police officer over the death of a black man he restrained with a choke hold. a test launch for nasa's orion mission to mars has been delayed. it was scheduled for about 40 minutes ago, but ground winds have so far prevented it to take off. we are now expecting it to take off in about eight minutes time and we'll bring that to you live here on "bbc world news." his name is bond. james bond. and he's back. the producers of the 007 movie franchise have announced the title of the new film. as you can see, it's called "spectre." the film, due to be released in november 2015 will star this man, daniel craig. his fourth outing as the suave, ruthless spy. oscar-winning director sam mendes will be back to direct and it's going to be filmed in amazing locations. mexico, london, morocco, and rome, just some of the locations. our entertainment correspondent,
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the equally suave caught up with craig. >> reporter: fourth time in. how are you feeling? >> very excited. very excited. we've got an amazing cast. i think we have a better script than we had last time. so we should start shooting on monday and i'm just focused on that at the moment. >> of course, the last movie "skyfall," more than a billion dollars at the u.s. box office. nominated for five oscars. the biggest film in british box office history. it must be slightly daunting to come into this one knowing you want to top the last one. >> but having a challenge like that is pretty good in life i think. so we just have to -- you know, that makes it all the more exciting, all the more challenging, all the right things. and gives everybody a spur. >> reporter: such a huge worldwide interest in bond. the last two times the title leaked out relatively early. this time it was kept pretty much under the wire. have you been biting your nails
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the past few days? >> we've been sending false names out all over the place just to try and keep people off the scent. yeah, we were. we were a little nervous. it's just nice that we can do it and it feels fresh and it's new. you know, the first time people will see the title is today. that's a good thing. >> reporter: what can you tell us about the story line? >> very little. >> reporter: in fact, christoph waltz may be playing -- >> i don't know. i read the script this morning. i have no idea. it's nice that he's here. >> reporter: because obviously with the name "spectre," there will be a lot of speculation. of course, the speculation must be true. >> of course, because it always is true, isn't it? look, i'm not going to say anything. you'll have to wait and see. >> reporter: what is the way of going forward with bond, in the way it was a reset with "skyfall." how are you looking to now take it forward from that 50th anniversary? >> well, i think we started something in "skyfall" and it felt like the beginning of something. so this feels now the
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continuation of that. we're just going to put all those elements in and much more. >> 007 there, daniel craig not giving much away, but we do know the new movie will be called "spectre." now, who will succeed zimbabwe's president robert mugabe? he's held power for 34 years and his party's constitution has recently been amended so that the 91-year-old leader has absolute power to appoint his successor. speculation is rife that he may be planning to keep zimbabwe's leadership in the family and his wife grace may be given a plum role within zanu pf. zanu pf is the ruling party. it's holding its congress at the moment, and watching events there for us is our reporter. are we expecting any major announcements today? >> reporter: well, president robert mugabe give an hour-long speech in which he was attacking those seen not to be loyal to him within the ruling zanu pf
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party. he launched a veiled attack against the vice president joyce majuru, who also did not come here to attend this all-important congress, saying that there's a reason why she did not come, describing her as a thief and a corrupt government official who will face the full might of the law, because evidence suggests that she was plotting to topple president mugabe. those are the words that president mugabe used as he was talking inside the tent. but at the same time, the president was giving praise to his first lady grace mugabe for saying she unveiled the plot against him, and that is why she deserves some kind of praise here. there also was no mention of who is going to succeed president mugabe. the president used the speech to attack those seen not loyal to him. >> we have seen grace mugabe express some political ambition over the past few months, so it does seem like she's being
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groomed. what do we know about her? >> reporter: at the moment, she controversially received a ph.d. degree, which was awarded by her husband, about three months ago. and after that, she then also was attacking vice president joyce majuru, calling her all kinds of names. and a person who does not deserve to be in a leadership position. and he also said in one of her speeches that people are saying that she wants to rule in z zimbabwe. also today when mugabe was referring to her making those speeches, there were a lot of people shouting her name, giving her praise and saying that she deserves to be the ruler of this country. >> thank you for updating us there on the ruling party holding the national conference on events in zimbabwe.
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let's return now to cape canaveral. we are expecting, we hope, the launch of orion. it's been held up, as we've been mentioning, by high winds. jonathan amos is there watching events for us. you mentioned we have a two-hour window. how's it looking now? >> reporter: we've just eaten a little bit more into it. we had a countdown. we got to three minutes and five seconds before launch, and a sensor detected another gust of wind exceeding 21 knots. it can't launch in strong gusts of wind so it stood it again. i guess they'll just recycle the count. they'll go back to four minutes and they'll wait. the winds are expected to die here as the morning goes on. and we have this launch window that was two and a half hours in length. i think we've probably taken about three quarters of an hour out of that now. we'll just wait. we'll see what happens. >> jonathan, you can understand why people are so excited, why nasa is saying this is such a major event.
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a space capsule that could eventually get us to mars. do you really get a sense of that excitement there, of the potential of what we could see today? >> reporter: well, certainly speaking to the nasa administrator charlie bolden yesterday, he was tremendously excited. he tends to get quite emotional on occasions as well, the odd tear when he talks about things that excite him. he had a tear yesterday when he was talking about this ship, talking about the possibility of going back to the lunar surface of going on to asteroids, and on to mars. an awful lot needs to happen for us to do that. we need technologies to get us across space. but this is one of the critical components required to do that job. this capsule in which the astronauts sit as they go up into space and also when they come back down to earth and they come through the atmosphere at very high speed. and they generate all of that temperature on the underside. and you need that and orion provides it. >> okay, jonathan.
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let's hope it happens in the next hour or so. we'll return to you here on "bbc world news" when it does. that's all from "gmt" for today. let's see what's come asking up on "impact." >> same as you, we're waiting for orion to take off. we'll be going back to cape canaveral to see where that is. a frustrating wait for nasa. stay with us on "impact" for more coming up in the next few minutes. you owned your car for four years. you named it brad. you loved brad. and then you totaled him. you two had been through everything together. two boyfriends. three jobs. you're like "nothing can replace brad!"
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